George North is set to return from injury for Wales this weekend.
The winger was a late injury withdrawal from the side’s 21-16 defeat to England in Cardiff in the last round of fixtures, but it looks as though he is ready to take his place back from Alex Cuthbert for the Six Nations visit to Murrayfield to face Scotland this coming Saturday.
Assistant coach Shaun Edwards has given an update on the 24-year-old’s progress, and it is positive news from Wales’ point of view as he trained on Tuesday:
“We are looking very healthy all round at the moment.
“We are definitely healthier than we were in the England week.
“We are selecting from a position of strength. George North has trained today and is raring to go.”
Quotes via RTE Sport
Edwards has called on the returning North to continue the improvement on his defensive game, in response to a question about what he would be asking of the player:
“First and foremost, as defensive coach, I want him to focus on his defensive duties.
“I think his defence has definitely improved – it was always George’s work-on.
“When you come into this game as a young player, you don’t select them because of their defence, it’s their attack you select them by.
“It’s up to the defensive coach to improve that and George has worked very hard.”
North is likely to start in Edinburgh on Saturday but that may not be the only change to Rob Howley’s starting fifteen. Bath number eight Taulupe Faletau is fit again and, having come off the bench against England, will also be raring to go from the start.
How that plays in with the (thus far impressive) back row of Sam Warburton, Justin Tipuric and Ross Moriarty remains to be seen but Howley definitely has a selection dilemma on his hands there ahead of the team announcement later this week.